BOAT: Water Lane

Location: Flitterbrook Ln, Warbleton, East Sussex TN21 9, UK
  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Location: Punnet's Town, East Sussex.
  • OS Explorer Map 123, 'Eastbourne & Beachy Head, Newhaven, Seaford, Hailsham & Heathfield'.
  • Starting OS Grid Reference: TQ623202
  • Starting GPS Co-ordinates: N50 95' 90" E000 31' 00"
  • Finishing OS Grid Reference:  TQ619200
  • Finishing GPS Co-ordinates: N50 95' 70" E000 30' 40"
  • To see: not much.
  • ALWAYS follow the Greenlane Code!
This short greenlane has had a lot of care lavished upon it by East Sussex County Council! With the foliage cut back to make it as wide as a motorway, and a gravel surface, there is not so much as a rut or puddle in sight anywhere. As such, it's very safe to drive for any vehicle.

We started at its eastern end, just south of the hamlet of Punnet's Town and heading west off of Flitterbrook Lane. The lane turns to the north and descends downhill towards it's nadir, which can be found at roughly the halfway point. Also here, although we saw no real evidence of it, there is a spring giving rise to a tributary of the River Cuckmere, which could well be where this lane got its name.

The lane performs a slow turn to the south and far too soon it begins to climb uphill again, and after a short climb it ends where it meets Barley Mow Lane. I've not seen many other greenlanes maintained to this standard, and being used to eeking our way through the densest foliage, this was a strange experience to be honest! That said, it was still worth driving and if you happen to be in the area I can recommend it, but I would not go out of my way to visit Water Lane. Hence, it scores a 2.


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